How to Make a Great First Impression at Work

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If you are planning to put yourself forward for a promotion or you have just started working for a new company, you are probably determined to make an excellent first impression. Everyone wants to present themselves in the best possible way among people they respect and admire, and the workplace is no different. 

Coming across well to your peers and superiors is essential when striving for success in your career. While in the past, people may have believed that a heavy-handed aggressive approach was the best way to climb the career ladder, many people now understand the importance of building their reputation, and in a way, becoming a personal brand. After all, you want to get noticed for the right reasons!

Everyone knows that first impressions count, and it is a well-worn saying for a good reason. Research shows that it takes just 27 seconds to form a first impression when you meet someone. So, you have a very small window of opportunity to make a great first impression on the people that you meet. This raises the question, just how do you make a great first impression in the workplace? Read on to find out… 

Be Punctual

If there is one sure-fire way to make a negative first impression, it is by showing up late. Having people wait around for you to arrive even before they have properly met you is never going to help make a great first impression. Always allow yourself plenty of time to get into work so that you don’t find yourself racing against the clock to reach the office. 

Leaving early to get to work enables you to have a far calmer start to the day, and allows you to focus on your tasks. Rushing and then arriving late for work can leave you feeling flustered and make it harder for you to get into the right frame of mind to meet new people and have a productive day at work.

Take an Interest in Others

Taking the time to ask your colleagues how they are, and showing an interest in what they have to say is vital to building a relationship based on mutual respect. Your peers are far more likely to gain a positive first impression of you if you come across as friendly, approachable, and respectful. 

Being interested in other people and instigating a conversation will also help people remember you better, which is essential if you want to be noticed.

Dress to Impress

Appearances play a big part in first impressions, as there is little else to form a judgment on. In the workplace, it is vital to dress not only appropriately, but in a way that ensures you are taken seriously. A well-fitting suit, plus stylish accessories such as a wood watch and smart shoes, will help you to present yourself positively. Dressing in a smart, sophisticated way will ensure that you are taken seriously and help you portray yourself as organized, capable, and ready for that big promotion.